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Articles tagged with 'mps'

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GOP's MPS takeover plan looks like a rerun of '90s school board elections

Published June 30, 2015

The takeover plan, Jay Bullock has realized, amounts to a rerun of the Milwaukee school board elections of the 1990s, when humdrum local off-year elections suddenly drew the spotlight of national media and the checkbooks of major conservative organizations around the country.

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Local teens hone business and barista skills at Cafe @ Large

Published June 29, 2015

Walker's Point is filled with charming coffee shops. Cafe @ Large, the latest addition to the neighborhood, offers the customary brews and pastries residents have come to expect, but this cafe has something the others don't. As Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports, It is operated almost entirely by Milwaukee Public School students.

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Featured bartender: Brandon Reyes of Fink's

Published June 23, 2015

Working backwards on his resume, Brandon Reyes worked at Fink's for the past eight months. Prior to that, he was employed at Blue Jacket for 1 1/2 years and before that as a bar back at The Hamilton. OnMilwaukee.com recently stopped in for a Mai Thai and a chat with Reyes.

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Cheap-labor conservatism drives changes in Wisconsin

Published June 16, 2015

On "The Sopranos," Edie Falco's Carmela stresses about a house she helped build with cheap insufficient lumber. This happens on a fictional TV show, sure. But there's a lesson in there: Don't do things on the cheap just because you think you know better and can get away with it. That lesson is lost on Wisconsin's Republican leadership and legislators, unfortunately, as they pursue an explicit policy of doing just that: trying to do things on the cheap.

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Godshaw greets the masses at Turner Hall

Published June 11, 2015

Anyone who has walked through the doors of Turner Hall, 1038 N. 4th St., for a concert or event has seen Al Godshaw, who has been the house manager since the venue opened in 2007.

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Lowell becomes 7th MPS IB school

Published June 10, 2015

Lowell Elementary School is MPS' 7th "International Baccalaureate" school; district now home to more than 25% of the IB schools in Wisconsin.

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Say no to K-12 Omnibus motion

Published June 6, 2015

Read the K-12 Omnibus Motion, authored by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) scheduled to pass this week. Charter school teacher Melissa Pallin says she is crying out to the public to get vocal now.

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Milwaukee Talks: Renaissance man Adam Carr

Published June 6, 2015

Adam Carr can't quite say he was born and raised in Milwaukee because he moved here from the Washington, D.C. area when he was a year old, but the 30-year-old has built a life and career around exploring, critiquing, celebrating and documenting the city in a variety of ways.

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Why no "opportunity" for Milwaukee's voucher schools?

Published May 26, 2015

Last week, Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee passed a 29-page Republican-penned omnibus education funding package, which includes so many terrible provisions it's hard to know where to begin.

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$5 million gift helps Boys & Girls Clubs establish academic support program

Published May 20, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it has received a $5 million gift from longtime donors Keith Mardak and his wife Mary Vandenberg to establish the MarVan Scholars, an extended learning day program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The gift is the largest donation in recent BGCGM history.

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Zielinski's charter school proposal: smart policy, smart politics or both?

Published May 18, 2015

I'm also a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, so for me, the most important topic of any campaign, even for alderman, is education. You can imagine, then, that Ald. Tony Zielinski's surprise proposal last week, which would stop the City of Milwaukee from opening new charter schools, was of interest to me. I like this plan, though the timing seems suspicious.